suzerain

Part of speech: noun

Suzerainty.

Part of speech: noun

A person or state invested with paramount authority over another.

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Usage examples "suzerain":

  1. Under such circumstances, it must at least be admitted that a radically and clearly unjust law, imposed by a foreign though perhaps suzerain power, could be justly resisted by force of arms. - "Irish Race in the Past and the Present", Aug. J. Thebaud.
  2. According to these Conventions Her Majesty's position towards the South African Republic is that of a suzerain, who has granted to the people of this Republic self- government under certain conditions; and it would be incompatible with this situation to submit to arbitration the meaning of the conditions under which she has granted self- government to the Republic. - "Boer Politics", Yves Guyot.
  3. George of Clarence, Lord High Constable of England, arrest yon haughty man, who dares to menace his liege and suzerain! - "The Last Of The Barons, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.